Ground covers, Herbs, Perennials
These Mediterranean natives spread rapidly by underground stems and can be quite invasive; to keep them in bounds, grow them in pots or boxes. Tough and unfussy, they grow almost anywhere but perform best with light, moist, medium-rich soil, regular water; and full sun or partial shade. Plants disappear in winter in colder part of range. Replant about every 3 years; propagate from runners.Mentha spicata
Grows to 1–3 ft. high. Dark green, toothed leaves are slightly smaller than those of M. x piperita. Leafy spikes of pale blue flowers. Use leaves fresh from the garden or dried, as flavoring for foods, cold drinks, and jelly.
Perennials in Zones 6–9, 14–24; treated as annuals elsewhere (grow as a winter annual in Z...
Plant grows to 2–2 1/2 ft. tall, with sweetly scented white flowers.
Easy-to-grow Western natives that are related to phlox. Slender plants with finely cut leaves and colo...